Serotonergic mechanisms are believed to play a considerable role in mediating the effects of photic and nonphotic stimuli on circadian rhythmicity. Because aging is associated with significant changes in the responsiveness of the rodent circadian system to major synchronizing agents in the environment, this study examined the phase-shifting effects of the 5- HT(1A) receptor agonist, 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin [8-OH-DPAT; 2.0, 5.0, and 8.0 mg/kg ip at circadian time 8 (CT 8)], on the 24-h activity rhythm of young (3-4 mo old) and old (18-19 mo old) golden hamsters. Aging was associated with a dramatic attenuation of the phase-shifting effects of 8-OH-DPAT in this species. The results suggest the existence of age-related deficits in the serotonergic control of mammalian circadian rhythmicity, which could interfere with the temporal adaptation of the senescent organism to its environment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology|
|Issue number||1 37-1|
|State||Published - 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physiology (medical)